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Startup School… tweetstream

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on June 23, 2010

You may be aware that I recently ran my annual Startup School in Melbourne.

During the event we ran a tweet stream of the ideas and soundbites coming from the forum. A lot of people followed the hashtag #melsus and said they got some great stuff from it. One person in particular Josh Moore, took it to the next level and pulled together a great PDF of the event via what appeared on line from it. Entirely his idea and work.

We both thought it was worth sharing here as a small entrepreneurs e-book made up of tweets and links in different categories.

Click here to download – Startup School tweetstream ebook PDF

PS: there are some pictures of me in it *red face*, which Josh saw fit to include…. and who am I to moderate his work?

You can follow Josh on Twitter here. And see his blog here.

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Top 7 startup tips

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on May 5, 2010

I was asked to give a list to Tim Reid on a few micro marketing / startup tips for his terrific podcast. I thought they were worth sharing in point form here.

  1. Project management is the key skill (Outsource weaknesses, be blissfully unaware how to do technical things, manage the value chain.)
  2. Think micro (Start small, no tiny. think hyper-local, and expand out from there)
  3. Compound effort (Our labour compounds over time like interest and investments do, social media takes compound effort)
  4. Speed is better than perfection (perfection is the enemy of success, launch review and iterate constantly)
  5. Manage for cash flow not profit (Money in and money out are the only 2 financials that matter, we can’t go broke when cash flow positive)
  6. We’ve got to sell (Selling is a core skill, we have to sell not just to customers but to everyone in our business world, employees & suppliers too, have a sales guru in your team)
  7. Start now (The right is never going to come, stop waiting for it)

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